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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Former President Carter backs Palestinian UN bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says he supports the Palestinians' effort to gain international recognition of their independence at the United Nations this month.

The Georgia Democrat said Tuesday he wouldn't be in favor of the Palestinians' appeal to the U.N. if the White House had "put forward any sort of comprehensive peace proposal." But he said Palestinians have few other options since no deal is in the works.

He said: "As an alternative to a deadlock and a stalemate now, we reluctantly support the Palestinian move for recognition."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to address the U.N. next week and ask the world to recognize a Palestinian state, despite concerns from some quarters that it could provoke a regional meltdown and further isolate Israel.

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